Thursday, February 26, 2015

12 Writers Conferences in March 2015

March is a popular month for conferences. Shaw Guides lists 27 conferences this month, including annual events for several state and national writers organizations.

The larger conferences are jam-packed with speakers, workshops, book signings, readings, and, of course, pitch sessions with agents.

But there are also smaller, more intimate gatherings this month, focused on the craft of writing and niche markets.

Registration is still open for all of these conferences. You can see their full schedule of events by clicking on the links.


Puerto Vallarta International Writers Conference 2015, March 6-8, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Speakers: Elise Capron of Dijkstra Agency, Caleb Pirtle III, Sarah Cortez, James R. Callan, Carmen Rodriguez, Thomas Pulley, Donna Dahl, Melissa Frost, Evelyn Bryn.

LA Writers Conference 2015, March 14, 2015. Los Angeles, CA. "Learn how to sell your book idea in the boot camp and practice your pitch to an agent in the pitch session. Led by brand specialist and book consultant, Ruth Klein."

EPICon-2015, March 12 - 14, 2015, Menger Hotel, San Antonio, Texas. This conference is truly epic, with workshops on marketing, book production, distribution, sales, and information on epublishing from the top experts in the field.

New York Writers Workshop Fiction Pitch Conference, March 13-15, 2015, Ripley-Grier Studios (NY Spaces) 520 Eighth Ave (36th/37th), 16th Fl. Participants polish their pitches with the help of conference leaders who are members of the New York Writers Workshop faculty, then they present them to three different editors from major New York publishing houses. Editors provide feedback and may request proposals and manuscripts after the conference.

Virginia Festival of the Book, March 18-22, 2015. Book exhibits, talks by authors, readings, workshops on book promotion, finding an agent, poetry, publishing, agents roundtable - you name it, this conference has it.

Algonkian Writers New York Pitch Conference, March 19-22, 2015. "The event focuses on the art of the novel pitch as the best method not only for communicating your work, but for having you and your work taken seriously by industry professionals. More importantly though, it is also a diagnostic method for workshopping the plot, premise, and other elements of the story to determine quality and marketability. Simply put, you cannot successfully pitch a viable commercial novel if you don't have a viable commercial novel. Our goal, therefore, is to set you on a realistic path to publication. "

Create Something Magical Conference, March 21 - 22, 2015. Iselin, NJ. The conference includes a writers track, a readers track, book fair, author signings, workshops, editor and agent appointments, and social events. Ten agents from NY agencies, and seven agents will be attending. Click HERE for a checklist of agent preferences (genres they represent).

PubSense Summit, March 22-24, Charleston, SC. Featuring keynote speakers Cevin Bryerman, publisher of Publishers Weekly, and Joanna Penn, best-selling author and founder of The Creative Penn. Workshops on: how editors/agents can further your publishing goals, steps to build your author platform, brand and persona, insights from publishing pros including agents, editors, marketers and social media gurus, where book publishing and marketing is headed right now, how to build book sales through reviewers, mass media and book clubs, today’s methods of crowdfunding, using discoverability tools and increasing distribution. Featuring keynote speakers Cevin Bryerman, publisher of Publishers Weekly, and Joanna Penn, best-selling author and founder of The Creative Penn.

The Chesapeake Writing Conferences, Baltimore (March 27) and Washington DC (March 28)  a full-day of  “How to Get Published” workshops. Attending agents: Jeff Kleinman (Folio Literary); Ella Kennen (Corvisiero Literary); Jamie Bodnar Drowley (Inklings Literary); Laura Strachan (The Strachan Literary Agency).

Northern Colorado Writers Conference, Mar 27 - 28, 2015, Fort Collins CO. Sessions: script writing, self-publishing, maximizing sales, agent roundtables, children's books, writing for TV, building your author platform, how to write an effective hook, and more.

California Dreamin' Writers Conference, Mar 27 - 29, 2015, Brea CA. Agents attending: Laura Bradford (Bradford Literary Agency), Courtney Miller-Callihan (Greenburger Associates), Lucienne Diver (The Knight Agency); editors from Avon Romance, Boroughs Publishing Group, Entangled Publishing, ImaJinn/Belle Books, Random House, and Samhaim Publishing. Over 60 workshops: writing, publishing business, pitching to agents, book covers, and anything else you can think of.

Writers' Day, March 28. Hooksett, NH. Workshops and seminars led by professional writers, editors, agents, and publishers. The conference includes the option of face-to-face manuscript critiques and agent/publisher one-on-one pitch sessions.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Top Self-Published Genres in 2014

As usual, Romance dominated Smashword's bestseller list for 2014.

Of the top 25 bestselling novels, 16 were Romance. Four were historical fiction, which appears to be making a comeback, and six were YA, which did well everywhere last year.

The mean price was $2.99.


Also dominating the annual list were series. According to Smashwords Founder Mark Coker, 21 of 25 books on the list are by series writers, and all the authors have at least one series starter priced at "perma-free."
"We've been advocating this strategy for six years," Coker says. "It works. We introduced enhanced series metadata capabilities in late 2013, and this set the stage for some strong series performance in 2014."
List from Publishers Weekly.

1Broken SilenceNatasha PrestonRomance$2.99
2Mud and Gold (Promises to Keep: Book 2)Shayne ParkinsonFiction$2.99
3Settling the Account (Promises to Keep: Book 3)Shayne ParkinsonFiction$2.99
4Betrayed: Book Two - The Road to RedemptionNicky CharlesParanormal Romance$2.99
5A Second ChanceShayne ParkinsonFiction$2.99
6Enjoying the ChaseKirsty MoseleyRomance$2.99
7Drawn 2 - Redemption (Damien)Lilliana AndersonRomance$3.99
8Heller's RegretJD NixonMystery$2.99
9FableChanda HahnYA Fiction$3.99
10ReignChanda HahnYA Fiction$3.99
11A Sweet Life Boxed SetVarious AuthorsRomance$2.99
12Tall, Silent and LethalR.L. MathewsonParanormal Romance$2.99
13Saving AngelBrenda KennedyRomance$2.99
14Pride Over PityKailyn LowryMemoir$9.99
15Storm ShellsGJ Walker-SmithYA Romance$3.99
16Second HeartsGJ Walker-SmithYA Romance$3.99
17The WillKristen AshleyRomance$3.99
18The Silver SirenChanda HahnYA Fiction$3.99
19All For ThisLexi RyanRomance$3.99
20Daisy's WarShayne ParkinsonFiction$2.99
21Poles ApartKirsty MoseleyRomance$2.99
22Secret NorthGJ Walker-SmithYA Fiction$3.99
23DeaconKristen AshleyRomance$3.99
24Four Score (Gypsy Brothers, #4)Lili Saint GermainRomance$2.99
25UnconditionalMelody GraceRomance$4.99

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

12 Writing Contests in March - No Entry Fees

March is a long, cold month that has Ides. (They all do, but the Ides of March is Shakespearian!) It's a great month to focus on writing, and everything that getting published entails.

There are lots of writing contests with deadlines in March (some even fall on the Ides), and they cover the spectrum from poetry to Hoosier lit. Short story contests abound.

So, don't be shy. Take a chance and enter a contest. Who knows, you may win!


The Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award is sponsored by Broadside Lotus Press. Restrictions: This competition is open to African American poets only. If you have already had a book published by Lotus Press, you are ineligible. However, inclusion in a Lotus Press anthology does not disqualify you. Genres: Poetry collections of approximately 60-90 pages. Prize: $500 in cash and publication  by Broadside Lotus Press within the first three months of 2016 as well as free copies and discounts. Deadline: March 1, 2015. How to enter: Read submission guidelines HERE.

Wicwas Anthology 2015Genres: Beekeeping stories (fiction and nonfiction). Restrictions: US residents only. Prize: First prize - $500.00; Second prize - $300.00; Third prize - $200.00. Deadline: March 1, 2015. How to enter: Read submission guidelines HERE.

Ottawa Magazine Short Fiction ContestRestrictions: Open only to residents of Ottawa. Genre: Entries must be no longer than 3,000 words. Entries can be short stories or excerpts but must not have been published elsewhere. Prize: The winner will receive $700, the runner up $300, and both stories will be published in the Summer 2015 issue of Ottawa MagazineDeadline: March 1, 2015. How to enter: Read submission guidelines HERE.

2015 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging WritersGenre: Poetry. Restrictions: Candidates must be: A Canadian citizen or permanent resident; Under the age of 35 as of March 2, 2015; Previously published in an independently edited magazine or anthology; Unpublished in book form and without a book contract. Prizes: Winner: $5,000; Finalists: $1,000. Deadline: March 2, 2015. How to enter: Read submission guidelines HERE.

The John Gardner Fiction Award is sponsored by the Binghamton Center for Writers-State University of New York with support from the Office of the Dean of Binghamton University's Harpur College of the Arts & Sciences. Genre: Novel or collection of fiction published in 2014. Prizes: Winner: $1,000. Deadline: March 1, 2015. How to enter: Read submission guidelines HERE.

NEA Literature Fellowships are sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Prize: $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Deadline: March 11, 2015. How to enter: Read submission guidelines HERE.

McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize is awarded to the a author of the best first novel published in the previous calendar year (2014). Restrictions: Only American authors publishing in English are eligible. Non-eligible books include short story collections, flash fiction, memoirs, biographies and books published solely in electronic format. Prize: $500. Deadline: March 15, 2015. How to enter: Read submission guidelines HERE.

The Lakefly Writers Conference Writing ContestRestrictions: Open to residents of Wisconsin only. Genres: Short story fiction:  2500 words or less. Any genre that includes the theme: Temptation Flash fiction:  500 words or less; any genre. First Five Pages:  A maximum of the first five pages of an original, unpublished novel; any genre. It must be accompanied by a two-paragraph synopsis. The novel does not need to be completed at the time of submission. The Jean Nelson Essay: 2500 words or less. Theme: Literary character I would most like to meet. Prizes: First place winners will receive a cash prize of $100; second place winners will receive $75; and third place winners will receive $50. Deadline: March 15, 2015. How to enter: Read submission guidelines HERE.

The Modern Love Contest, sponsored by the New York Times, is inviting college students nationwide to open their hearts and laptops and write an essay that describes what love is like for them today. Restrictions: Open to college students. Genre: Essay (1,500 to 1,700 words). Prize: The winning author will receive $1,000 and his or her essay will be published in a special Modern Love column in May 2015, and on Deadline: 3/15/2015. How to enter: Read submission guidelines HERE.

The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award seeks to elevate the written arts in Indiana. Restrictions: Any living published writer who was born in Indiana or has lived in Indiana for at least five years will be eligible. Authors who have published works of fiction, prose, poetry and/or non-fiction are eligible; reference works, scholarly monographs and books of photography will not be considered. Self-published authors are considered. Prize: National Author: $10,000 cash prize and $2,500 grant for his or her hometown Indiana public library. Regional Author: $7,500 cash prize and $2,500 grant for his or her hometown Indiana public library. Emerging Author: $5,000 cash prize and $2,500 grant for his or her hometown Indiana public library.. Deadline: March 20, 2015. How to enter: Read submission guidelines HERE.

2015 Short Story Contest - Lost Voices. Genre: Stories must be Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror genre. Stories must be original, unpublished, unsold and no more than 3500 words in length. Prizes: First Prize:  $200, and story published in the 2015 Confluence program book. Second Prize: $100 Third Prize:  $50. Deadline: 3/31/2015. How to enter: Read submission guidelines HERE.

The BEVEL SUMMERS PRIZE for Short Short Stories will be awarded to a short short (under 1000 words) submitted between March 15 and March 31, 2015. Send up to three stories.  The winner and finalists will be published in the fall 2015 issue of ShenandoahPrize: $1000. Deadline: 3/31/2015. How to enter: Print submissions only. Read submission guidelines HERE.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Speculative Fiction Magazines Accepting Submissions

The market for speculative fiction is robust. There are scores of magazines, ezines, and websites that publish sci-fi, horror, fantasy, dark fiction, steam punk, and any combination of spec plus non-spec genres you can think of (i.e. romance/time travel, horror/humor).

Some of these markets have been fairly stable over time, but dozens are now defunct, having led short, but happy, lives. (Since I made my first list of SFF markets in 2001, roughly half have disappeared.)

As of this writing, all of these markets are alive and well, and accepting submissions. All accept electronic submissions. None of them charge a fee. (NEVER pay to publish your work.)

I've listed these publications in a rough hierarchy, with pro markets at the top (6 cents a word or more), semi-pro in the middle (between 1 and 5 cents per word) , and token (below 1 cent per word or $25 per story) and non-paying markets at the end. The most desirable markets are pro markets and those with SFWA  (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) qualification.

How to use this list

If you have a short story or two you would like to market, and you have a lot of time to spare, start at the top and work your way down. The pro markets don't take simultaneous submissions, which means it could take a very long time to get your story published. (One of my stories took 14 years. I'm not proud - or, apparently, in a rush.)

If you are in a hurry to get published, and simply want a writing credit, then submit to every publication that takes simultaneous submissions all at once. One of them is bound to come through.

If you are somewhere in the middle - then start in the middle with the semi-pros. They don't pay much, but putting "semi-pro" on your resume is better than advertising the fact that you are working for free.

Before you submit, establish which markets are suitable for your story. (Read their websites!) 

Some sites that list speculative fiction markets

The Submission Grinder

SFWA - Where to submit

Speculative Fiction Markets by Mary Soon Lee

Speculative Literature Foundation

Literary Markets This list is not limited to speculative fiction. Although the list was put together in 2006, most of these publications are still in existence, which is a testament to their literary success.

Magazine Submissions  Payment Simultaneous Reprints

“character oriented” scifi

8-10 cents per word

SFWA qualifying market
 No No
Fantasy & Science Fiction

“character oriented” scifi and fantasy

7-12 cents per word

SFWA qualifying market
No No
Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show

scifi and fantasy

6 cents a word

SFWA qualifying market
No No

scifi and fantasy

10¢ per word for the first 4000 words, 7¢ for each word over 4000

SFWA qualifying market
No No


8-10 cents per word

SFWA qualifying market
No No
Buzzy Mag

science fiction, fantasy and horror short stories up to 10,000 words. Thriller, suspense and paranormal tales that cross into traditional speculative fiction are welcome.

10 cents per word

2 cents per word for reprints

SFWA qualifying market
No Yes
Strange Horizons

8¢/word USD

SFWA qualifying market
No No


scifi and fantasy

(Site does not indicate how much)
No No
Not One of Us

Not One of Us is about people (or things) out of place in their surroundings, outsiders, social misfits, aliens in the SF sense

(Site does not indicate how much)
No No

scifi, fantasy and horror

$.06 per word

SFWA qualifying market
No No

Science Fiction or Fantasy (or any combination thereof) from five thousand to twenty-five thousand words

$100 per story No No

unusual and beautifully-written speculative fiction stories

5 cents per word, minimum $50 No No
Daily Science Fiction

science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and more

Up to 1500 words

8 cents per word

SFWA qualifying market
No No
Abyss & Apex

all sorts of speculative fiction

$.06/word USD No No
Crossed Genres

themed issues

$.06/word USD

SFWA qualifying market
No No
Grimdark Magazine

dark fantasy $0.07AUD

$0.01AUD for reprints
No Yes
Urban Fantasy Magazine

urban fantasy fiction of up to 8000 words

Online form
6 cents a word No No

"nearer-future speculative fiction"
2000 words or fewer

$0.20 a word No No

Scifi only


Accepts limited number of international submissions $0.07 CAD per word

SFWA qualifying market
No No
Beneath Ceaseless Skies

“literary adventure fantasy

6 cents US per word

SFWA qualifying market
Yes No

fantasy and scifi

"YA lit/comics magazine fascinated with the lyric and strange and committed to work that speaks to teens' truths"

Professional rates

SFWA qualifying market
Yes No

Scifi, fantasy, myths, legends

magazine for children ages 9 to 14

up to 25¢ per word

less for reprints

SFWA qualifying market
No Yes

horror and dark fantasy stories of 1500-7500 words

Also reads for Lightspeed

Do not submit to both


SFWA qualifying market
No Sometimes

highly professional market

scifi under 12,000 words Submission Guidelines

25 cents a word for the first 5,000 words, 15 cents a word for the next 5,000, and 10 cents a word after that

SFWA qualifying market
No No
Unlikely Story

publishes three themed issues a year

6¢ per word No No

science fiction, horror and fantasy

2,500 to 8,000 words

6¢ per word No No
Fantastic Stories of the Imagination

15 cents per word on acceptance for original stories or $25.00 flat fee for reprints No Yes
East of the Web $0.05 per word No Yes
Escape Pod $0.06 per word for original fiction; $0.03 per word for reprints

SFWA qualifying market
No Yes
Farrago's Wainscot

literary weird mode $0.06 USD per word Yes No
Flash Fiction Online $60 per story

SFWA qualifying market
No No
Ghost in the Cogs $0.06 USD per word No No
Grievous Angel

Flash Fiction (maximum 700 words) $0.06 USD per word No No
Hidden Youth Anthology

Submissions are due April 30, 2015 $0.06 USD per word No No


the award-winning science-fiction section of Nature

Most stories are solicited Pro payment

SFWA qualifying market
No No

for teens

temporarily closed to submissions $0.06 USD per word No Yes

for ages 6 - 9 up to 25¢ per word No Yes
T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog

releases a family-friendly speculative story every Monday $75 No No
Tomorrow's Cthulhu


Submission Window - Mar 1, 2015 thru Mar 31, 2015 $0.06 USD per word No No
Alt Hist

historical fiction, alternate history, or historical fantasy $10 No No

100 words 5c/word No No

Sci Phi Journal

Philosophical 5c/word No Yes

More biology. More necrology. Holes that are really tunnels. Healthy mutants.

Online form
pays for stories but not much Yes ?
Breath & Shadow

accepts work only from people with disabilities living in New England

"non-genre"/realism, magical realism, fantasy, mystery, science fiction, slipstream, suspense, experimental, and humor. 3000-word maximum.

In body of email
$15 - $25 for fiction No Yes
Expanded Horizons

a venue where people of under-represented backgrounds can tell their stories

Submit via email with attachment
$30 USD Yes Yes
Fantasy Scroll Mag

speculative fiction up to 5,000 words

Submission form
1 cent per word Yes Yes
Shock Totem

on hiatus Yes No Yes

Submission via email attachment
3 cents a word No No
Black Static


Online form

Semi-pro to pro
No No


Online form
Yes ? ?
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine

science fiction, fantasy and supernatural horror works up to 10,000 words in length. Submissions of up to 20,000 words are permitted from subscribers and from authors resident in Australia and New Zealand.

Submission via email attachment
1.25 cents/Word (AUD) with a A$20 minimum per piece No No

science fiction, fantasy or horror short stories between 2000 and 8000 words


Submission via email with attachment
$20 to $60 per 1000 words No No
On Spec


Temporarily closed to submissions


Minimum payment for fiction is $50 and maximum payment is $200. Yes ?
The Dark

dark fantasy, scifi, surrealism, magical realism

Submission via email with attachment
3cents/word for original fiction up to 5,000 words No No

dark fiction

short stories $150 per story. For flash fiction, $50 Yes Yes

Horror/Dark Fantasy/Dark Sci-Fi/Magic Realism

Online form
Five cents ($.05) a word No No

speculative fiction of all sorts

Reading periods:
October 1–November 30
January 1–February 28
April 1–May 31
July 1–August 31

Submission via email with attachment
$0.03 per word up to $225 No No
Lakeside Circus

short scifi

Also audio rights

Online submission
2 cents per word No No
Lorelei Signal

fantasy with a strong / complex female character as one of the main
some scifi

Submission via email with attachment
$5.00 for short stories and $2.00 for poems and flash fiction Yes Yes
Mythic Delirium

science fiction, fantasy, horror, interstitial and cross-genre territoryReading window Aug 1-Oct 1

Submit via email with attachment
2 cents a word ? ?
Vestal Review

Flash fiction

2 reading periods

Contract is posted on site

Online form
Various pay rates No No
Electric Spec

science fiction, fantasy, and the macabre

Submit via email with attachment
$20 Yes No
The First Line

all genres

Submit via email with attachment
$25.00 - $50.00 for fiction ? ?

scifi, fantasy, horror

Open until March 31

Submit via email with attachment
$0.01/word No No

closed until May 1

Submit in body of email
1 cent CAD per word No Some
New Myths

speculative fiction but not horror

see reading periods

Short stories (1,000+ words):

Flash fiction (1-999 words):
Yes No
The Pedestal Magazine

Open for submissions May 1-31

$.03 cents per word Yes No

“hard” science fiction

one cent per word, up to a maximum of $75 per story No No
Phantom Drift

fabulist flash fiction and short stories, magical realism

Open Jan. 1 - March 31!/sitepage_4

Online form
$5 per page with a minimum of $10 for flash fiction Yes No
Plasma Frequency

science fiction, fantasy, horror
(1) U.S. cent per word No No
The Sehnsucht Project


Current reading period is October 5th, 2014 through March 31st, 2015!submission-guidelines/c24dm Pennies and love No No
Three-lobed Burning Eye

horror and dark fantasy, what you might call magical realism, slipstream, cross genre, or weird fiction 3¢ per word No No
Triptych Tales

mainstream, fantasy and science fiction, but no space operas or high fantasy $100 per original story

$50 per reprint
No Yes, but only if it has not appeared on the web
Untied Shoelaces of the Mind

CLOSED until at least May 1st, 2015
$0.03/word for the first 1,000 words (payment caps at $30 USD) No Yes
Acidic Fiction

contemporary speculative fiction $35 per story Yes No

see submission periods $15 (U.S. dollars) for each story Yes Yes
Aurora Wolf

ezine and print anthology Five dollars US for First use No No
Bete Noire

horror, dark sci-fi, dark fantasy, crime, mystery or dark humor

Reading periods:
March 1 - March 31
June 1 - June 30
September 1 - September 30
December 1 - December 31 $10 US Yes Yes
Chrome Baby

closed to submissions until March 30, 2015 $5 US ? No
The Colored Lens

all varieties of speculative fiction $20 per short story No No
Fiction Vortex $10 U.S. Dollars ? No
The Fifth Di… $10 U.S. Dollars No No
The Future Fire

progressive, inclusive and socially aware $20 for each original story No Some
Inaccurate Realities

Themed issues -
diverse young adult stories for each theme – science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, horror, dystopian, steampunk, cyberpunk, alternate history etc. $15-$25 Yes Yes

stories must address prompts $10 per Short Story ? ?

UK advance against royalties of £3 per 1000 words ? No
Liquid Imagination $8 for short stories No Yes
Luna Station Quarterly

publishes speculative fiction written by women

4 reading periods $5 USD Yes Yes
The Martian Wave

stories about the exploration and colonization of space ½ cent per word No No
Mirror Dance

themed issues

$5.00 No Yes
Night to Dawn

dark fantasy, new versions of the vampire, zombie and mummy $5.00 per fiction tale ? ?
9Tales $5.00 ? Yes

1/4 cent per word

$10 minimum
Yes Yes
SQ Mag US$15 per story No No
Strange Constellations $30 No Yes
Swords & Sorcery Magazine

traditional fantasy $10 per story ? No
Twilight Times

SF, dark/light fantasy, cross-genre and literary works

Reading period
Feb 15-March 5 2015 $5.00, $2.50 for reprints ? Yes

Body Parts Magazine


see reading periods $10 for flash fiction, $20 for short stories No No
Devilfish ten dollars (USD) for fiction Yes No
Domain SF one cent per word No No
Omni Reboot

science, technology

Submit via email with attachment
Pays occasionally, unknown rates ? No
Encounters Magazine 1/4 cent per word ? No

audiocasts 3 cents per word for stories 500- 4,000 words long Yes Yes

themed issues .02/word Yes No
Goldfish Grimm's Spicy Fiction Sushi $.01 a word with a $10 minimum for flash fiction, and a $25 minimum for longer works No No

$20.00 per story No No
James Gunn’s Ad Astra $75 for novelettes, $50 for short stories, $20 for poems, and $10 for flash fiction. No No
Mad Scientist Journal

1st person

For flash fiction $10

For short fiction $20

For serial fiction $20 per installment to a maximum of $100
No Yes
Odd Tree Press Flash Fiction (up to 500 words) $10

Short Stories (500 to 5,000 words) $20
No Yes
Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing Newsletter

1,000 words max $20 No No
Read Short Fiction 5 cents per word Yes No

progressive science fiction and fantasy magazine with an emphasis on gender stories 3 cents per word for original stories; $10 for reprints Yes Yes
Serial Flashers

500-word flash fiction in serials $5 per piece of flash No Yes
Shoreline of Infinity £10/1000 word Yes No


1000-5000 words 2¢ per word for new stories, and a flat $15 for reprints No Yes
Spark: A Creative Anthology 2¢ per word or $20 per work Yes Yes
Strangelet $20 short story, $10 flash fiction Yes  No
Stupefying Stories

See reading periods Semi-pro Yes No

Third Flatiron

themed issues 3 cents per word, lead story 6 cents per word No No
Unsung Stories

up to 3000 words

UK £25 per story No No

(I have never been able to understand their reading period policy) Token No No
Bards and Sages Quarterly
$20 short stories, $10 flash fiction Yes Yes
Bloodbond $20 for original stories, $10 for reprints No Yes
Cast of Wonders

YA fantasy and science-fiction podcast

UK £5 for stories No Yes

scifi twenty-five dollars per story No Yes
The New Accelerator $10 (US Dollars) No Yes
Phantasmacore Fiction pays five dollars and fifty five cents, payed via PAYPAL. Don’t spend it all in one place. For poetry, flash, or anything else, payment is one dollar, or possibly a single (1) beer if it’s been a good month. No Yes
Archaic Arts $20.00 No Yes
The Leading Edge semi-pro No No
Beam Me Up

podcasts No No Yes
Bewildering Stories

(This is a bewildering submissions page)
No Yes Yes
The Breakroom Stories

audio fiction
No Yes Yes
Confettifall No Yes Yes
Beorh Quarterly

atmospheric horror $5 Yes Representative authors include: Bros. Grimm, Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Andersen
International Speculative Fiction No ? ?
365tomorrows No ? No
Black Petals Horror/Science Fiction Magazine & Yellow Mama

will reopen to submissions Feb 15, 2015 No ? No
Antipodean SF No No Yes
Aphelion Webzine

science-fiction, fantasy, and horror

Submit via Email
No No ?
The Haunted Traveler

horror and scifi

Accepting submissions until April 10, 2015!submission-guidelines/cnn8 No Yes No
Revolution SF

Fiction, Nonfiction, and Art No No Yes
Holdfast Magazine Someday perhaps ? ?
Children, Churches and Daddies

accepts all genres No Yes Yes
Black Denim Lit

literary science fiction and fantasy Not currently paying Yes No

themed issues Semi-pro ? No
Black Treacle

Horror, dark fantasy and dark science fiction

preference given to Canadians Semi-pro Yes No
Shroud Quarterly

literary speculative fiction with a dark orientation!submissions/c19lh 500 - 1999 words: $25
2000 - 5000 words: $50
5001+ words: $65
Poetry : $10
Reprints: $10
Yes Yes

UK No payment for e-zine

0.5 pence per word for annual anthology
? ?
Dark Futures Unpublished Prose      $5
Published Prose          $2
Unpublished Poetry     $0.10 per line
Published Poetry         $0.05 per line
Yes Yes

Story of the Month Club

this a a sci-fi and fantasy subscription service

reading period is
December 4th to January 30th $20

$10 for reprints
No Yes

audio format


themed issue
"Dirty Jobs"

Open until March 15, 2015 $100 for short fiction, $20 for flash Yes Prefers reprints
Ares Magazine


temporarily closed to submissions 5 cents per word for original fiction, reprints 1 cent per word No Yes
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

2 New Agents Actively Seeking Clients

Here are two new agents actively seeking writers. Heather Flaherty (Bent Agency) is looking for children’s, middle grade, and young adult fiction and nonfiction, as well as select new adult fiction, and pop-culture or humorous nonfiction. Sarah Nagel (Writers House) is looking for psychological thrillers, horror, mystery, suspense, literary fiction, realistic Young Adult and Middle Grade with a hint of magical realism, and for nonfiction - medical ethics, true crime, humor books and memoir.

About Heather: “I grew up in Massachusetts, between Boston and the Cape, and started working in New York City as a playwright during college. This pushed me towards English as a focus, and after a lot of country-hopping in my early twenties, I wound up finally beginning my publishing career in editorial, specifically at Random House in the UK. That’s also where I became a YA and children’s literary scout, which finally landed me back in NYC, consulting with foreign publishers and Hollywood regarding what the next big book will be. Now as an agent, I’m thrilled to turn my focus on growing authors for that same success.”

What she is seeking: Children’s, middle grade, and young adult fiction and nonfiction, as well as select new adult fiction, and pop-culture or humorous nonfiction.

“Currently I’m looking for YA fiction across-the-board, though my heart does sway towards issue-related YA with humor and heart – not depressing, or mopey. I also love love love hard, punchy, contemporary YA that’s got no hesitations when it comes to crazy. I’m also always up for seeing contemporary stories with sci-fi or fantasy elements, as well as a clever respin of an old or classic tale. And then, lastly, really good horror and ghost stories… not gory-for-gory’s sake or overly disgusting, but cringing, dark, bloody twisted, and even lovely. That said, the one thing I love above all else in a YA novel, regardless of sub-genre, is a strong and specific character voice. A real person, not another ‘everygirl.’

As for the middle grade I’m looking for, I want it stark, honest, and even dark; either contemporary or period, as long as it’s accessible. Coming-of-age stories, dealing-with-difficulty stories, witness stories (adult issues seen through the child’s p.o.v kinda thing), anything that makes you want to hold the narrator’s hand… for your own comfort, as well as their’s. I am also ok with these stories having slight magical or fantasy elements as well – as long as they’re subtle. In new adult, I like to see story… not just romance and/or erotica. For me, it should pretty much be a great YA novel for an older audience. On the nonfiction side, I’m looking for strong teen memoirs about overcoming crushing situations. ”

How to submit: Read The Bent Agency’s updated submissions guidelines online, and then e-mail flahertyqueries [at]


Sarah Nagel of Writers House

About Sarah: Sarah Nagel joined Writers House in 2011 to work with Senior Vice President, Merrilee Heifetz and is now actively building her own client list. Previously, Sarah was a media lawyer in London and graduated with two separate degrees in English Language and Literature, and Law. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @SarahNagel14.

What she is seeking: Sarah is looking for psychological thrillers (those that mess with your head rather than high speed cross-country chases), horror, mystery, suspense and literary fiction. Sarah is especially interested in strong character-driven fiction and stories that explore the dynamics of a dysfunctional family unit / relationships. Sarah also represents realistic Young Adult and Middle Grade with a hint of magical realism. On the nonfiction side, Sarah is interested in medical ethics, true crime, humor books and memoir with a distinctive narrative voice with a universal resonance. Sarah is not looking for straight sci-fi, high fantasy, romance or picture books.

How to submit: “I accept e-mail queries and will usually respond within 4-6 weeks. Please submit your query, including the first ten (10) pages of your manuscript pasted into the body of the e-mail (no attachments please!), to snagel [at] with “QUERY FOR SARAH NAGEL: [TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT]” in the subject line. Please do not query multiple Writers House agents simultaneously.”

Monday, February 9, 2015

Calls for Submissions - Speculative Fiction Anthologies

Anthologies are themed collections of short stories and/or poems by various authors and published as a single book. In most cases, anthologies are put out by publishing houses, but sometimes anthologies are published by magazines as well. Anthologies are also printed by vanity presses. (Don't submit to those. Vanity presses demand payment, and they will do nothing but harm your career.)

It is a good idea to get your work into a (legitimate) print anthology for several reasons: 1) Publishing houses that put out anthologies generally get a wider distribution than magazines; 2) Print anthologies don't preclude publishing your story online, or on Amazon, later on;  3) Establishing a relationship with a publishing house may pan out later when you are ready to publish your novel; 4) Anthologies are a great writing credit; 5) Many anthologies accept reprints, which will extend the life of your stories.

Below are eight publishers looking for speculative fiction short stories. Their requirements are fairly narrow (please read their submissions pages carefully). All of these are paying markets, ranging from pro (6 cents a word, minimum), to semi-pro.

World Weaver Press is publishing a second edition of the Far Orbit science fiction adventure series.

Deadline: March 31, 2015.

"We are once again looking for modern space adventures crafted in the Grand Tradition. We are not looking for slavish imitations of past classics. Rather, we would like to receive stories that establish a new tradition in the much maligned Scifi adventure genera — smart, modern stories built around the classic traditions. We are looking for adventure stories that are creative, readable, and memorable. We are also looking for midnight indulgences; exciting stories that transport you from the everyday grind and leave you wondrously satisfied. All adventure-based sci-fi genera are welcome but stay away from fantasy elements unless they are genetically engineered or cybernetic. Stories can begin on Earth but the major action should happen out there, beyond the edges of our blue marble. Dystopia (Mad Max) and fantasy-like adventures (John Carter of Mars) have to be very special to be included in this anthology. Please, no fan fiction."

Rights and compensation: Payment: $0.01/word. All contributors will receive a paperback copy of the anthology. For previously unpublished works: Seeking first world rights in English and exclusive rights to publish in print and electronic format for twelve months after publication date after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for a term. For reprints: Seeking non-exclusive right to publish in print and electronic formats for a term. Previously unpublished stories preferred; reprints will be considered. No previously anthologized stories.

Open submission period: January 1 – March 31, 2015.

Length: Under 10,000 words

Submission method: Paste the story into the body of the e-mail message. Include the approximate word count. Subject line: Apogee – [Title]. Send submission to: farorbit [at] worldweaverpress [dot] com.

Simultaneous submissions = OK.

Multiple submissions = No.

For more information CLICK HERE.


Crossed Genres Publications is publishing Hidden Youth: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History

Deadline: 4/30/15

Who can submit: "We welcome stories by authors from all walks of life. We especially encourage submissions from members of marginalized groups within the speculative fiction community, including (but not limited to) people of color; people who are not from or living in the U.S.A.; QUILTBAG and GSM people; people with disabilities, chronic illness, or mental illness; and atheists, agnostics, and members of religious minorities. The protagonists of your story do not have to mirror your own heritage, identities, beliefs, or experiences. We also especially encourage short story submissions from people who don’t usually write in this format, including poets, playwrights, essayists and authors of historical fiction and historical romance."

Submission deadline and publication schedule: Submissions are due April 30, 2015. If it’s still April 30 in your time zone, you’re good. Acceptance notices will be sent by October 1. The anthology is tentatively slated for a January 2016 release.

Pay and rights: USD 6¢/word for global English first publication rights in print and digital format. The author retains copyright. Payment is upon publication.

For more information CLICK HERE.


Meerkat Press is currently seeking short stories for their next themed anthology, Love Hurts.

"Dazzle us with stories of love, and make it hurt! Slow, dull, unimaginative stories need not apply."

Deadline: 4/30/15

Genres accepted: Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction and Fantasy. This includes all sub-genres: Dystopian, Steampunk, Paranormal, etc.

Payment: .01 to .04 per word for short fiction.

For more information CLICK HERE.


Pop Seagull Publishing is publishing an anthology: ‘Robotica.’

Deadline: March 2015

"Wow us with your take on the intersection between eroticism and robots or other artificial life forms! This could take the form of a look at robotic self-replication, humans in love with robots, robot courtship, or anything your imagination can come up with! Just take ‘Robotica’ and run with it. We’re not necessarily looking for pure erotica, but more solid science fiction that examines the intersection of sexuality and robots in a unique way. Having said that, have fun with it! If a sexy, sexy scene suits the story, go for it."

Payment: For short fiction, 1 cent per word, plus three free copies of the book and a discounted rate on future purchases.

How to submit: Microsoft Word files (.doc and .docx), PDF and Open Office (.odt) files only. If you send anything other than these formats, they may not be able to open it. E-subs only. Please send all queries and works for consideration to lizmclean(dot)artist(at)gmail(dot)com.

For more information CLICK HERE.


Science Fiction and Fantasy Publications is publishing their Unbound anthology “Lost Friends

Deadline: March 31st, 2015.

Genre: Science Fiction.

Payment: All short stories are paid at $0.01 per word (after editing) up to a maximum of $150.00. All payments will be made via PayPal and in the first quarter of publication. Then, if the issue your story is included in breaks a profit, 50% of the net profit will be shared between the contributors on a per word basis for two years after the publication date.

How to submit: You only need two things – Your short story and a small two paragraph bio of yourself. This should be supplied with your manuscript. Attach both to an email entitled “Short Story Submission” indicating which anthology you are submitting to and send it to our submissions email address. This email address is set to delete emails with no attachments.

For more information CLICK HERE.


Eldritch Press is publishing "Steampunk Horror: The Lost Worlds"

Deadline: Extended until filled.

Genre: "The Lost Worlds" will be a anthology in the Steampunk Horror Genre devoted to the post-apocalyptic theme. Send us worlds rebuilt by steam powered engines and mechanical marvels. Send us characters we can root for as they fight the good fight. Send us worlds our readers can romanticize about, characters that jump off the page. We want to set the Steampunk world ablaze with "The Lost Worlds."

Payment: Eight cents a word.

How to submit: Email with Attachments:

For more information CLICK HERE.


Strange Musings Press is accepting submissions for their new Anthology, Alternate Hilarities 3: Hysterical Realms

Deadline: March 10th

Genre: Short funny fiction about fantasy worlds of all types. They are looking for Flash Fiction between 500 and 1500 words. Short Fiction between 1501 and 6000 words.

Payment: Flash Fiction - a half cent a word paid on publication as well as one E-book and 1 share of royalties. Short Fiction - One cent a word paid on publication as well as one E-book and 2 shares of royalties.

How to submit:

Simultaneous submissions: Yes

Reprints: Yes

For more information CLICK HERE.


Emby Press is publishing Monster Hunter: Wasteland

"The wars are over. The monsters have won.There is nowhere monsters don’t stalk anymore; not the burnt out cities or desolate countryside. The monster’s endless search for the last of humanity grows intense as the number of people dwindle and the legions of hungry creatures swell.

The battle between life and death is constant. No place is safe. But, the people who have survived are the fastest, the strongest and the most resourceful. Among them are the last monster hunters: individuals that have visited the depths of nightmare and survived. Individuals that have become the things that haunt those nightmares…

They will never submit, no matter how large or small the gain. Their purpose is clear… Hunt the monsters. Reclaim the WASTELAND."

Deadline: 3/1/15. Acceptances will be announced 4/5/14

Tentative Publication Date: Fall 2015

Payment: $25.00 and electronic copy of the book upon publication.

Word Limits: 2000 to 8000 words. Please query if longer.

Format: Submissions should be .doc (.docx is fine) or .rtf formats. The entire text will be reformatted, so no need to worry about margins, spacing, etc. Please use a standard font.

Genres Accepted: Dark Fiction, Horror and sci-fi.

Reprints Accepted: Yes. Please include a history of publication with your submission.

Simultaneous Subs: (submitting to Emby and another press at the same time) can be avoided by requesting an early response.

For more information CLICK HERE.

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